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Sunday, June 23, 2013 V ol. 104 No. 75 13.90 feetLast Year: 11.77 feet Lake Levels S ource: South Florida Water M anagement District. Depth given in feet above sea level 75¢ Plus taxSee page 4 for information about how to contact this newspaper. Heavy rain blamed for poor visibility in crash on U.S. 441 ... Page 5 Know the signs of dehydration ... Page 14 DOT plans area road work ... Page 13 County jobless rates 8 percent ... Page 8 By Eric KoppOkeechobee News Deputy Michael Hazellief is excited and as he talks about the upcoming Independence Day Celebration at Okee-Tantie that excitement only intensi es. The July 4th celebration will be hosted by the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #69 (FOP), of which Corporal Hazellief is the president. "We're a fraternal organization and our mission is to do charitable events," explained the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of ce (OCSO) deputy. "Every dollar we raise is put right back into the community. I'm very proud of that." He's also very proud of the event coming up in a couple of weeks that started out as the brainchild of his and J.D. Mixon, who heads up the Fraternal Order of Police Associates (FOPA). The FOP, explained Cpl. Hazellief, is a nonpro t organization that's been around since 2009 and is made up of sworn law enforcement of cers -both current and retired. The FOPA is also a non-pro t group and is for friends and family members of law enforcement. The FOP currently has over 60 members, while the edgling FOPA group presently has 10 members who pay $20 a year to belong. "J.D. and I started talking about it (the celebration) at a Chamber of Commerce meeting. We went to the county and got it approved," said the deputy, who added that they didn't start working on the event until April. "We've done a lot of work," he added. July 4th event has something for everyone P a n t h e r c o r r i d o r p r o t e c t s a r e a w h e r e b i g c a t s c r o s s r i v e r Panther corridor protects area where big cats cross river T h e p u r c h a s e o f a c o r r i d o r o f l a n d n e a r t h e C a l o o s a h a t c h e e R i v e r n o w k n o w n a s t h e L o n e R a n g e r F o r g e, p r e s e r v e s The purchase of a corridor of land near the Caloosahatchee River, now known as the Lone Ranger Forge, preserves a v i t a l c o r r i d o r f o r n a t u r a l e x p a n s i o n o f t h e e n d a n g e r e d F l o r i d a p a n t h e r s T h e m o v e m e n t o f t h e a n i m a ls n o r t h w a r d i s a vital corridor for natural expansion of the endangered Florida panthers. The movement of the animals northward is c o n s i d e r e d t o b e o n e o f t h e k e y s t o t h e c o n t i n u e d r e c o v e r y o f t h e s p e c i e s T h e m o v e m e n t s o f F l o r i d a pa n t h e r s a r e considered to be one of the keys to the continued recovery of the species. The movements of Florida panthers are m o n i t o r e d u s i n g t r a c k i n g c o l l a r s F o r m o r e o n t h e s t o r y s e e p a g e 7 ( P h o t o c o u r t e s y A r m y C o r p s o f E ng i n e e r s ) monitored using tracking collars. For more on the story, see page 7. (Photo courtesy Army Corps of Engineers)See JULY — Page 5 By Eric KoppOkeechobee News A man who became irate with a woman when she confronted him about hitting her car with his car door was eventually arrested on a felony drug charge. James Raymond Hutcheson, 42, S.E. Ninth Terrace, Okeechobee, was arrested Thursday, June 20, on a felony charge of introducing contraband into a detention facility and a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct. He was booked into the Okeechobee County Jail under a bond of $2,750. An arrest report by Deputy Mark Margerum, of the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of ce (OCSO), indicated the argument began around 5:43 p.m. in the parking lot of a local convenience store. The report stated that Hutcheson pulled in too closely to the woman's parked Parking lot rant leads to felony drug chargeSee RANT — Page 5

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 The Okeechobee News will be closed Thursday, July 4th for Independence Day FRIDAY, JULY 5TH DEADLINE Display Advertising.......3 p.m. Tuesday, July 2 SUNDAY, JULY 7TH DEADLINEHave a Safe Holiday! Residential Commercial FREE EstimatesRoofing with the name you trust!Licensed and Insured St. Lic. CCC046939Dont make a Mistake! Call Big Lake 863-763-ROOF (7663) & REPAIRSROOFING 2 Okeechobee News June 23, 2013 Today: Partly cloudy with thunderstorms and rain showers. High of 90F. Winds from the East at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 40%. Tonight: Overcast with a chance of a thunderstorm and a chance o f rain. Low of 73F. Winds from the ESE at 5 to 15 mph.Extended ForecastMonday: Overcast in the morning, then partly cloudy with a chance of a thunderstorm and rain. High of 91F with a heat index of 97F. Winds from the SE at 5 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 50% with rainfall amounts near 0.2 in. possible. Monday Night: Clear with a chance o f a thunderstorm and rain. Low of 73F. Winds from the East at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 20%. Tuesday: Partly cloudy with a chance o f a thunderstorm and rain. High of 91F with a heat index of 97F. Winds from the East at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 50%. Tuesday Night: Clear with a chance o f a thunderstorm. Low of 73F. Winds from the ESE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 20%. Wednesday: Partly cloudy with a chance of a thunderstorm. High of 90F with a heat index of 97F. Winds from the ESE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 60%. Wednesday Night: Partly cloudy with a chance of a thunderstorm. Low of 73F. Winds from the SE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 20%. Okeechobee Forecast OHS Scholarship Night 2013 Special to the Okeechobee NewsThe Jay Raulerson Memorial Scholarship was presented to Allyson Trimble at the Okeechobee High School Scholarship Awards Night. Special to the Okeechobee NewsThe Betty Chandler Williamson Creative Writing Scholarship was awarded by Betty Chandler Williamson to Kailey Hoover. Special to the Okeechobee NewsThe Bubba Helton Memorial Scholarship was awarded by Billy Dean to Samantha Rivero, Tyler Barber, Estrella Hernandez, Jose Loredo and Jesse Bodden. Special to the Okeechobee NewsThe Betty Chandler Williamson Creative Writing Scholarship was awarded by Betty Chandler Williamson to Alex Guido. Special to the Okeechobee NewsThe Deke Padgett Memorial Scholarship was presented to Ashley Savage. Special to the Okeechobee NewsThe Coach Edward Johnson Memorial Scholarship was presented to Kodi Stephen. Seniors play bluegrass musicThe senior country bluegrass music program has begun again this year at the Okeechobee Senior Center. All persons age 60 and over are invited to participate every Wednesday from noon to 1:30 p.m. Shrine Club collects can tabsThe local Shrine Club is collecting the “pull tabs” from aluminum cans. For information on the activities of the Okeechobee Shrine Club, contact Kip Gardner at 863-3570427, Mac Simpson at 863-484-0427 or the Shrine Club at 863-763-3378.

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County budget The county road department is not v ery big and they are mowing county roads, c ounty property and cleaning ditches. I think t he mowing and routine ditch cleaning can b e contracted out. That’s what they do on Coquina property. Since there is a city police and re department all the county services s hould be patrolling and answering calls outside of the city limits. They should only answer calls inside the city limits as backup.  Great news the county is contracting out the building department. I’m all in favor of this because I believe that a private cont ractor will do it without getting any money from the county and the county will receive 15 percent of the fees. The county saves bec ause they don’t have to pay salaries, bene ts or retirements. I hope this is only a start and they continue to downsize the county government and pass the savings onto the t axpayers.  Why are they so worried about having people leave for better jobs? When the long t erm employees leave and they hire new people, it saves money because the new employees are paid less.  The county needs to take a look at s ome of the high salaries they are paying for management. Are these jobs really worth t hese salaries?  The county isn’t going to get rid of upper management because they are the people deciding who gets to stay and who has t o go.  I understand the sheriff needs money t o run his department, but the taxpayers are already suffering. I don’t think it is right to raise taxes even higher. The sheriff’s department needs to look for places to cut. Some positions might be nice to have but not critic al to public safety. My expenses have gone up, due to things out of my control, and my s alary has not gone up so I had to make c uts. It’s not fun but I had to do it. I think the s heriff should start making cuts rather than asking the tax payers to cough up more of our hard-earned money. If my tax bill goes up again, that is less money I have to spend on food, clothing and other necessities for my family.  Using the property tax base is the problem. So many properties pay little or no taxes due to homestead exemption and agricultural exemption. Why not levy a per building fee on residences and businesses to fund the sheriff’s of ce, like they do for the re department? Let everyone help pay for it instead of putting most of the bill on businesses and on a few people who worked and saved to buy homes for their families. And how will we attract more businesses to bring jobs here if we have a higher property tax rate than surrounding counties?Murder charge for drug deal The man accused of selling heroin should not be charged with murder. The man who bought the drugs from him was already a drug user. He knew who to call and he made the connection. Had he not done that, he would have just called someone else. My child died from a drug overdose of 46 cold tablets-store brand. Can that store be charged with murder? He went there and he bought it, just like the 26-year-old bought heroin. Don’t let the other charges go if he’s guilty. Not murder.  Heroin is a bad drug any way you look at it. That’s the chance you take if you’re the user or the dealer.  If you sell drugs then you should be held accountable for the harm they do. They should think twice about it and stop selling this poison.  The death is sad, but the murder charge is excessive. A manslaughter charge, maybe.  If a bar sells alcohol to a drunk and the drunk leaves the bar and runs over someone, the bar can face charges.  I have no sympathy for those who sell illegal drugs, especially something as dangerous as heroin. Throw the book at the drug dealers. Lock them up and keep them there. Addicts don’t start out addicts. They start out kids who are curious or pressed by peers. If it wasn’t so easy to get drugs, many of them would never start using them. Anything that keeps a heroin dealer off the streets is a step in the right direction, even if it seems extreme. Saved by the ShepherdBy Calvin H. Fryar, pastorBrighton Baptist Church John 10:27—“My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: 28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.” A party of tourists was on its way to Palestine and its guide was describing some of the quaint customs of the East. “Now,” said he, “you are accustomed to seeing the shepherd following his sheep through the English lanes and byways. Out in the East, however, things are different, for the shepherd always leads the way, going on before the ock. And the sheep follow him, for they know his voice.” The party reached Palestine, and, to the amusement of the tourists, almost the rst sight to meet their eyes was that of a ock of sheep being driven along by a man. The guide was astonished and immediately made it his business to accost the shepherd. “How is it that you are driving these sheep?” he asked. “I have always been told that the Eastern shepherd leads his sheep.” “You are quite right, sir,” replied the man. “The shepherd does lead his sheep. But you see, I’m not the shepherd, I’m the butcher.”—Church of God Evangel. A preacher or teacher who does not teach the truth is in reality a false teacher and is not a true leader of the ock. Most of them drive the ock away from the truth of God’s Word— they are butchering the ock. Jesus calls such a shepherd “a thief and a robber” (Jn. 10:1). Jesus also warns, “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly” (Jn. 10:10). THE SHEPHERD CARES FOR THE FLOCK. Jesus declares, “I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand (Jn. 10:28).” In plain English, He gives us all that we need in this age and in the world to come. The Lord supplies all of our need which gives us comfort and peace. And like sheep that trust their shepherd, we can completely rest upon His promise. Donald Grey Barnhouse tells us of a shepherd, who had spent many years with ocks on the hills of Scotland, who asked a visitor if he had ever seen a sheep eat while lying down. The man confessed that he had not. Then the shepherd told him that no one had ever seen a sheep eat in that position. The shepherd continued, “If a sheep is lying down, there may be a lovely tuft of grass within an inch of her nose but she will not eat it. She will scramble to her feet, lean over and eat the grass that was in easier reach before.” After relating the stor y Barnhouse explains it thus: when the Lord, our Shepherd, makes us lie down in green pastures (Psalm 23:2), that means we hav e had so much, we just can’t take any more; w e are beside the still waters and we have alread y slaked our thirst. When are we going to learn that He cares for us and rest in Him? His sheep must com e to understand that He really cares for them. THE SHEPHERD CALLS THE FLOCK. Jesus teaches, “My sheep hear my voice, and I kno w them, and they follow me.” An American, traveling in Syria, saw three native shepherds bring their ocks to the same brook, and the ocks drank there together. At length one shepherd arose and called out, “Men-ah! Men-ah!” And they came out of the common herd and followed him up the hillside. The next shepherd did the same, and his sheep went away with him, and the man did not even stop to coun t them. The traveler said to the remaining shepherd, “Give me your turban and crook, and se e if they will not follow me as well as you.” So he put on the shepherd’s dress and called out, “Men-ah! men-ah!” Not a sheep moved. The y know not a voice of a stranger. “Will your oc k never follow anybody but you?” inquired th e gentleman. The Syrian shepherd replied, “Oh, yes; sometimes a sheep gets sick, and then h e will follow anyone.”—Encyclopedia of 15,000 Illustrations. The prophet Isaiah warns us in Isaiah 53:6 that “All we like sheep have gone astray; w e have turned everyone to his own way.” Bu t God has called us back into the fold and has sent the Good shepherd to bring us back from the certain death and destruction. I love the parable of the lost sheep and th e picture painted by Soord; Jesus is reaching down over a steep cliff to reach a wayward sheep. The Bible teaches in 2 Peter 3:9 tha t God is “not willing that any should perish, bu t that all should come to repentance.” Jesus is not satis ed with only “the ninety and nine” (Lu. 15:4-6). He goes after the lost lamb and will reach out to all who are willing to follo w Him. It was A.W. Tozer who wrote, “The footprint of the obedient sheep is always found within the larger footprint of the shepherd.” Unlike large-scale sheep herding in the United States, the Oriental shepherd knew each of his sheep by name. And rather than driving them, he led them as they followed in his footsteps. He knew every lamb by their face and called them by their name. Jesus knows His sheep in the same way! June 23, 2013 4 Okeechobee News OPINION Public Forum/Speak Out Re ections from the Pulpit Speak Out has moved online, where i t is quicker and easier to share your i deas and converse with others. Go to w ww.newszap.com, click on the comm unity name and your local or state P ublic Forum. There, you can create n ew topics or comment on existing t opics. What follows is a sam pling of s ome of the discussions currently taki ng place. Thanks for participating!

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Florida Farm Bureau President John Hoblick has announced that the statewide organization will lead a bold partnership to build new headquarters for the Florida FFA A ssociation. The facility will be constructed on Florida Farm Bureau’s campus in Gainesv ille. In a June 13 address before the 85th Annual FFA Convention in Orlando, Hoblick said the project is valued at an estimated $1.5 million. The Florida Farm Bureau Federation and the Florida Farm Bureau Casualty Insurance Company will fund most of the cost. Donations from individual donors, businesses and private organizations across the state will contribute $150,000. “This is one of most exciting initiatives I have ever had the privilege of participating in as president of our great organization,” Hoblick said. “We have always supported leadership development programs for young people. We have also enjoyed a long and productive association with our FFA partners. “We want to continue the tradition of creating opportunities for our very capable FF A members,” Hoblick added. “I know that the new headquarters will be a vital resource for many decades into the future. This structure will stand as a permanent demonstration o f our shared commitment to youth education and the quest for success.” Farm Bureau to help fund new FFA headquarters 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 5 Okeechobee News June 23, 2013 The celebration will get under way at 4 p.m. and there will be a public safety expo as well as a number of games and competitions -including a hot dog eating contest, a pie eating contest and an ice cream eating contest. There will also be a frozen T-shirt contest that should be really cool for the participants, as well as a baking contest. The winner of that baking competition will receive $25. Entry forms for the baking contest can be found at: the sheriff’s of ce, 504 N.W. Fourth St.; online at www.okeechobeefop.com; or, by calling Cpl. Hazellief at 863-634-5255 or Mr. Mixon at 863-634-1778. The OCSO deputy went on to say that city manager Brian Whitehall played a big part in getting the event put together. “Brian hooked us up with the Florida Public Utilities Company and they agreed to be a presenting sponsor,” said the deputy. “And we wanted to sell the educational side of the event, so we went to the Children’s Services Council and they agreed to be another presenting sponsor.” He went on to say Dairy Queen is sponsoring the Kids’ Fun Zone that will include bounce houses, face painting, a dunk tank and, of course, ice cream. Non-pro t vendors will also be on hand selling various types of foods. Even though there is no admission charge and the events are free, there will be a cost for food. “We’ve asked the vendors to keep their prices at a minimum,” the deputy pointed out. The nale will begin at 9 p.m. with the Zambelli reworks show. The reworks will be set off on the levy of the Kissimmee River directly across from the Okee-Tantie Marina. The FOP is paying for the 20-minute sho w that, said Cpl. Hazellief, company representative Ernie Zambelli indicated will be bigger than any show his company is doing on the coast. “He’s become a big sponsor of the event, and he’s helping to make it a phenomenal event,” said the deputy of Mr. Zambelli. If rain should put a damper on the event, it will be staged Friday, July 5, pointed out Cpl. Hazellief. In order to stage the reworks show, the FOP had to get a permit from the U.S. Arm y Corps of Engineers. They also had to get the go-ahead from Glades County since the lev y is in that county. Besides all the fun and games, FOP members want to be sure Independence Day revelers remember what the day is about -honoring our country’s independence and those who have fought for that freedom. With that in mind, a Huey 205 helicopter will be on display and will be open for everyone to see. The chopper will then be taken to its permanent resting place in Flagler Park. “All the local VFWs will be there and we’ll be recognizing veterans,” Cpl. Hazellief added. Then, continued the deputy, once the event has concluded FOP and FOPA members will begin working on their 2014 Independence Day event. He said they want to start making those plans right away because “this three-month stuff doesn’t get it.” The veteran law enforcement of cer then became serious and said one of the most important things about the celebration is for people to know they can bring their entire family “and have a good, wholesome time.” Then, with a wide grin and his eyes bright with excitement, Cpl. Hazellief said “I’m really looking forward to it.” JULYContinued From Page 1 By Eric KoppOkeechobee News Four people were taken to a local hospital following a two-vehicle crash in the 20,000 block of U.S. 441 North at 3:53 p.m. Thursday, June 20. An accident report by Deputy Mark Margerum, of the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce (OCSO), stated that while one driver w as issued a citation and was found at fault, a heavy rainstorm that caused low visibility w as a contributing factor. Pedro Gomez, 40, of Okeechobee, was northbound on U.S. 441 and due to the heavy rain he had slowed his speed to about 35 mph in the 60 mph zone. As he slowed, he noticed another vehicle in the rear view mirror of this 2005 Nissan pickup truck that did not appear to be slowing. Mr. Gomez reportedly told the deputy he tapped his brakes three times to get the attention of the driver closing in on him but the tactic did not work and the second vehicle struck the back of the pickup. The second vehicle—a 1992 Toyota automobile—was driven by Neftali Inocensio Escalante, 27, of Okeechobee. Deputy Margerum’s accident report indicated Mr. Gomez—along with a 13-year-old passenger, Brianna Gomez, of Okeechobee—were both taken to Raulerson Hospital with minor injuries. Mr. Escalante and the passenger in his car—Pedro Escalante, 30, of Okeechobee— were also taken to Raulerson with minor injuries. The deputy went on to state in his report that by the time Neftali Escalante saw the Nissan pickup he thought it was stopped in the roadway and he could not stop his car in time. Neftali, continued the report, “... does not possess, nor has he ever possessed, a valid driver’s license.” For that reason, he was charged with operating a motor vehicle without a valid driver’s license involving a traf c crash. He will be required to appear in court on Jul y 22 at 9 a.m. According to Deputy Margerum as he was on his way to the accident he, too, encountered very heavy rainfall that led to lo w visibility. Deputy Margerum estimated the Toyot a sustained approximately $4,000 in damages. He estimated damages to the pickup to be about $1,000. Four injured in 2-vehicle crash in heavy rainfall car, and when he opened his door it hit the driver’s side door of the other vehicle. The woman reportedly told him to watch how he opened his door, and Hutcheson allegedly began yelling and cursing at the her. He then got into his vehicle and started to back out of the parking spot but he reportedly changed his mind, hit his brakes abruptly and apparently renewed his verbal barrage. According to the report the woman w alked into the store to get away from Hutcheson, but he followed her inside. As he continued to taunt the woman, a store clerk told him several times to leave but he only continued to yell at the woman, stated the deputy. A customer in the store reportedly told the deputy that Hutcheson “... was going crazy and he was concerned for the (woman’s) safety.” When the clerk told Hutcheson she was calling the law, he reportedly left the store and waited outside. After taking everyone’s statements, Deputy Margerum placed Hutcheson under arrest and took him to the county jail. While at the jail a detention deputy found four pink tablets in Hutcheson’s pants pocket. The pills, stated the deputy, were identi ed as clonazepam—a schedule IV narcotic. Deputy Margerum had reportedly asked Hutcheson if he had any narcotics on him, while they were still at the convenience store. The man replied he did not use drugs, added the deputy. When the pills were found on Hutcheson at the jail the deputy reportedly commented “I thought (you) didn’t use any drugs?” To which Hutcheson allegedly replied: “I forgot about those.” RANTContinued From Page 1 James Hutcheson OHS Class of 2014 formal senior photos scheduledMembers of Okeechobee High School Class of 2014 can schedule senior photo appointments for July 8 and 9. Photos will be taken at Okeechobee High School. Call 800749-2796, ext. 1, or 772-463-0457 to schedule an appointment. Visit the Okeechobee High School web site or like “OHS Journalism” on Facebook for more information.Blood mobile to visit Okeechobee CountyThe bloodmobile will visit Okeechobee on the following dates.  Friday, June 28 Walmart, 11 a.m. 7 p.m. Saturday, June 29 Walmart, 11 a.m. 7 p.m.Humane Society needs volunteersThe Okeechobee Humane Society Pet/Rescue is in need of volunteers to help with of ce work and to help as kennel supervisors. The organization is a non-pro t with no paid staff and depends on donations and community volunteers. For information, contact Belinda Forlifer at 863-357-1104.

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R epublican women’s to meetThe Republican Womens Club will host a guest speaker on Tuesday, June 25, at 6 p .m. at Cowboy’s in the private dining room. H is name is Daniel Burke and he is from the O athkeepers. The public is invited to attend, as well as j oin the club. For information, contact 8636 34-8474.Church hosting VBSPrimera Iglesia Bautista De is hosting Vacation Bible School at 5051 N.W. 30th St., in Okeechobee. It begins Wednesday, June 26 and continues June 27 and 28 from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. If you need transportation, call 863-6979481. Everyone is welcome.Ampli ed telephones offeredOn Wednesday, June 27 Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services of the Treasure Coast, Inc. will be in Okeechobee distributing Free ampli ed telephones to deaf, hard of hearing, speech impaired and deaf/blind individuals by appointment only. For information, call 772-334-2233.Commissioner hosts coffeeCoffee with the Commissioner will be hosted by Commissioner Frank Irby on Tuesday, July 2 from 10 a.m. until noon. It will be held at the Brown Cow Sweetery, 103 S.W. Park St. Citizens wanting to participate are urged to call 863-763-6441 to schedule an appointment.Quit smoking class offeredA free quit smoking class is opening nearby. It will be held at Okeechobee County Library, at 206 S.W. 16th St., on Wednesdays. There will be six sessions starting on July 10 and continuing on July17, July 24, July 31, Aug. 7 and Aug. 14 at 5:30 p.m.Collaborative council to meetThe next meeting of the Community Collaborative Council, a part of the Shared Services Network of Okeechobee, will be Tuesday, July 23 at 10 a.m. in the board room o f the School Board Of ce. Please bring backto-school items for needy and foster children to the July meeting.Legion offers Sunday bingoAmerican Legion 64 will once again host Sunday night bingo beginning on June 23 at 6:30 p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m. in the bingo area. The kitchen will offer a limited menu. Payoffs will be determined by player attendance. All proceeds to bene t the American Legion veterans’ programs. The event is open to the public. The American Legion now has free WIFI for its lounge and dinning room patrons. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Martha Domer, 88OKEECHOBEE — Martha Domer passed away at the Okeechobee Health Care Facility on June 16, 2013. She was born to Hulon and Inez W alker on April 5, 1925, at home in Okeechobee, Fla. She was the greatgranddaughter of Peter and Louisiana Raulerson, founders of Okeechobee. She graduated class of 1944 from Okeechobee High School and married Russell V ictor Domer on March 21, 1944. Martha was preceded in death by her husband, Russell, in Jan. of 1994, her brother Enoch Walker and Connie, Edwin Walker (Joann), and Emory Walker (Onnie). Survivors include daughters Alvina Robertson of Okeechobee, Jean Rogers (Steve) of Gainesv ille; a son Ray Domer (Cindi) of Okeechobee; seven grandchildren Jill Pitts (Trey) of Okeechobee, Lisa Barton (Doug) of Tallahassee, Kay Farmer (Jay) of Vero Beach, Nikki Glynn (Kev in) of Jacksonville, Wade Rogers (Stephanie) of Fort White, Justin and Jacob Domer of Okeechobee. Martha was blessed with ve great-grandchildren Emma, Briley, Mason, Amber, and Jaylyn. She leaves behind many precious nephews, nieces, cousins and wonderful friends. Family visitation will be held at Buxton & Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home located on 441 North on Monday, June 24, 2013 from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. at Life Community Church, formerly Grace Brethren Church, located on South Parrott Avenue on Tuesday, June 25, 2013 of ciated by Monroe Arnold. Interment will follow at the Evergreen Cemetery. Those wishing to leave a message of condolence may sign the online register book at, www.OkeechobeeFuneralHome.com All arrangements are entrusted to the care of Buxton & Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home, 400 North Parrott Avenue, Okeechobee Florida 34972. As Low As 863.763.55732100 S. Parrott AvenueOkeechobee, Florida 34974 www.centerstate b an k .com *Rate based on minimum beacon score of 721. **Line must be funded by 50% or $10,000 whichever is greater at closing. If line is closed within the “rst two years, consumer will be required to pay back the closing costs. Annual Percentage Rate may increase after consummation. Obituaries 6 Okeechobee News June 23, 2013John Steve Regets, 87OKEECHOBEE — John Steve Regets passed away June 20, 2013 in Okeechobee. He was born May 30, 1926 in Fairchance, Pa to Stephen Regets, Jr. and Mary Regets. He came to Florida from Pa. in 1960 and married Della Faye Devey Sept. 30, 1988. He was a machinist and of the Christian faith. Mr. Regets was preceded in death by his son, John Stephen Regets; wife, Della Faye Regets; three brothers; and one sister. He is survived by his sister, Betty Yusko; daughter, Mary Beth Rodd; two grandchildren; and three great grandchildren. A gathering will be held 2 p.m. until funeral services at 3 p.m. Tuesday, June 25, 2013 at Buxton & Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home with Pastor Jim Dawson of ciating. Memorial donations may be made to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, 1359 Broadway, Suite 1509, New York, NY 10018. Those wishing to leave a message of condolence may sign the online register book at, www.OkeechobeeFuneralHome.com All arrangements are entrusted to the care of Buxton & Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home, 400 North Parrott Avenue, Okeechobee Florida 34972.Obituaries should be submitted to the Okeechobee News by e-mailing obits@ newszap.com. Customers may also request photos and links to online guest books. A link to the obituaries is available at www.newszap.com C ommunity Events Brought to you by:“Your Air Conditioning and Plumbing Specialist”863.763.6461Lic#CAC1817236 CASTLE calls for volunteers for safe parenting programIf you have a few hours to spare and share your great parenting techniques, call CASTLE today. Teaching Safe Parenting, CASTLE’s mission is to stop child abuse before it even happens by empowering parents with the education necessary to create successful, loving, and nurturing families. We are currently seeking volunteers for our Safe Families Program. 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By Erica SkolteU.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sometimes it really does take a village to accomplish an important goal. Numerous partner agencies, non-governmental organizations and ranchers came together in LaBelle recently to celebrate the acquisition of the American Prime property one year ago, and to chart the path forward. The purchase of this “keystone tract,” now known as the Lone Ranger Forge, preserved a vital corridor for natural expansion of the endangered Florida panthers. The movement of the animals northward is considered to be one of the keys to the continued recovery of the species. Panther scientists estimate that there are only 100 to 140 Florida panthers remaining in the wild, and the last remaining breeding population of Florida panthers is in south Florida, south of the Caloosahatchee River. Though their home ranges are fairly large, female panthers tend to stay close to where they were born. When males mature, they naturally disperse. Historically, this was a wonderful natural strategy for maintaining genetic diversity, as males could introduce fresh genetic material as they bred with small pockets of related females throughout the southeastern part of the country. With breeding populations in more than one area, there is less competition for prey, mates and territory, and intra-speci c aggression, a leading cause of death second only to vehicle collisions, is reduced. And if there are separate populations in different locations, it is easier for the species to recover from the effects of a natural disaster or a disease outbreak. Though there have been numerous stories of panthers with kittens north of the Caloosahatchee, none have been con rmed by panther scientists. However, maintaining a path for panthers to migrate to other areas is of the utmost importance. The areas east and west of Lake Okeechobee were not previously connected; today, one may cross the state from the Atlantic Ocean to the Gulf of Mexico on the Okeechobee Waterway. In the late 1800s, the headwaters of the Caloosahatchee River were connected to the west side of Lake Okeechobee via a three-mile canal at the Moore Haven Lock and Dam. On the east side of Lake Okeechobee, the St. Lucie canal was cut at the Port Mayaca Lock and Dam, connecting the lake to the St. Lucie River. This presented a problem for the northward movement of panthers, in that they had to cross a wide body of water and climb steep banks caused by channelization. Still, panther biologists have tracked the movement of male panthers with radio collars across the Caloosahatchee River in one key area. Animals don’t move randomly through the wild; even creatures of different species tend to move through certain areas more frequently than others, sometimes even creating trails. The panthers coming out of south Florida seemed to be traveling along the edges of a natural waterway, and then following an agricultural ditch to a narrow spot along the Caloosahatchee River. It was this area that was identi ed as most important to preserve and protect, so that panthers could continue to move northward in the future. Just how special is this spot? During the meeting, neighboring ranchers Chris Asplundh and Dwayne House, provided some perspective on just how important this area is – though few people have been lucky enough to get a glimpse of a Florida panther in the wild, Mr. House and Mr. Asplundh say they see panthers in the area almost every week. The 1,278-acre Lone Ranger Forge property where the ditch is located, fronts a narrow section of the Caloosahatchee River that is about 92 feet wide, only a few miles west of the Ortona Lock and Dam. The complex purchase of this key property last year, with an incredible number of moving parts, extraordinarily tight deadlines, and multiple legal and funding issues, was brought to a successful conclusion at the eleventh hour, due only to dedication and combined efforts of many individuals and groups working together to achieve a common goal. Larry Williams, eld supervisor for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, South Florid a Ecological Services of ce in Vero Beach, explained “We have a lot of momentum right now, and we want to keep that momentum going,” he said. Williams also announced the formation of a new panther recover y implementation team. There were several other presentations during a recent celebratory meeting to highlight everything that had gone on behind the scenes to make this important acquisition a reality, and to illustrate the work that must still be done to restore and manage the property. Part of the meeting was dedicated to recognizing the many individuals at multiple organizations and agencies that played a part in the eventual success of what often seemed a near-impossible undertaking. Tunis McElwain, Fort Myers regulator y section chief, represented the corps team members at all levels who collectively prepared the necessary documents to facilitate the easement exchange required to set the stage for the purchase. Susan Waichulis, regulatory project manager in the Fort Myers of ce, was the Corps’ rst “boots on the ground” representative at the beginning of the project. She accepted an award for her contribution to moving the project forward. “This is very exciting,” said Ms. Waichulis. “I was privileged to represent the U.S. Arm y Corps of Engineers and meet everyone for the site visit, and then complete the jurisdictional determination in June 2011.” “The Corps values our partnerships with other federal and state agencies,” said McElwain. “Establishment of the panther corridor shows just how important these partnerships are and underscores the fact that innovative problem solving can make a tremendous difference to the south Florida ecosystem. The employees recognized today represent a broad cross-section of the corps team who worked to make the corridor a reality.” Corps helps make Florida panther corridor a reality 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Always on Top of the JobŽRe-Roofing Specialists€ Metal & Shingle Roofs € Flats & Leaks Repair FREE ESTIMATES863-357-3838State Lic.#CCC1327338 Sales: Monday at 12 p.m. Tuesday at 11 a.m. (863) 763-3127 OKEECHOBEELIVESTOCK MARKET1055 U.S. 98 North MOVIE TICKETS:Adults $6.50 Children 12 & under $5.00 Senior Citizens $5.00 all movies Matinees $4.50Fri., June 21ST Thurs., June 27THFor Info, Call 763-7202 I: “MAN OF STEEL”Fri. 7:00 only, Sat., Sun., Tues., Wed. & Thurs. 2:00 & 7:00 only, Mon. 3:00 & 7:00III: “W ORLD WAR Z”Fri., 7:00 & 9:00, Sat., Sun., Tues., Wed.& Thurs., 2:00, 4:15, 7:00 & 9:00, Mon. 3:00 & 7:00II: “MONSTERS UNIVERSITY”Fri., 7:00 & 9:00, Sat., Sun., Tues, Wed., & Thurs. 2:00, 4:15, 7:00 & 9:00, Mon. 3:00 & 7:00 PG PG-13 PG-13 7 Okeechobee News June 23, 2013 Prices were better this week on most all good-quality cattle. Calves were $1-2 higher, slaughter cows and bulls were $2 higher. Demand was pretty strong on most cattle. I think the rain out West might have helped, although corn is still the question. We’re looking for consignments of bred heifers for our sale on October 4. Our bull sales are on October 11 & 18. Hunter Holley, Kenansville, topped the calf market with a high of $2.10 bought by D & S Cattle. Sacramento Farms, Key Biscayne, topped the cow market with a high of 95.00 bought by Central Beef. See ya next week, Jeff Livestock Market Report

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 valid through June 30, 2013Coupon must be presented at time of service 8 Okeechobee News June 23, 2013 By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Jobless rates rose in Okeechobee and Glades County, the State of Florida and the nation in May according to the monthly release from the U.S. Department of Labor Statistics and the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity. Okeechobee County was ranked 11th in the state overall in unemployment rates. The rate stood at 8 percent in May, and 1,494 residents collected bene ts. This compared to 1,422 residents in April, a rate of 7.6 percent. One year ago, the rate stood at 9.5 percent, as 1,758 residents collected bene ts. Glades County ranked 16th in the state w ith a May jobless rate of 7.7 percent. The report said 390 residents collected bene ts in May. In April, jobless rates stood at seven percent as 346 people collected bene ts. One year ago the jobless rate stood at 9.1 percent as 453 residents collected bene ts. Around this region, Highlands County had 7.4 percent unemployment; Hendry County had 11.1 percent, the highest in the state; Osceola County had 7.1 percent; St. Lucie had 9.3 percent; and, Martin County had 6.9 percent unemployment in May. The Florida rate increased from seven percent to 7.2 percent in May. The lowest was found in Monroe County and the Keys, at 4 percent. The national jobless rate increased from 7.1 to 7.3 percent in May. County jobless rate at 8 percent Special to the Okeechobee NewsHarbor Community Bank hosts Grand OpeningA Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting facilitated by the Chamber of Commerce of Okeechobee County were held on June 8, to welcome Harbor Community Bank to its brand new location. Pictured (left to right) Harbor Community-Joe Mullins, Harbor Community board member-Bobby Tucker, Councilmen Devin Maxwell, Commissioner Bryant Culpepper, Harbor Community-Sharon Johnson, Harbor Community-Mike Brown Sr., Harbor Community-Hal Roberts, Commissioner Frank Irby, Mayor James Kirk and Councilmen Dowling Watford.

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Call a PRO fessional JONES EQUIPMENTEst. 19894558 US Hwy 441 S.E. Okeechobee, FL 1-888-683-7853 863-763-5342 o o U y e 203 SE 2nd St. Okeechobee Phone: 863-824-6770 Jeb Acuff Administrator www.grandoaks.orgLicense AL11944 Home of honest and reliable service C J Boone198 Hwy 98 N. Okeechobee, FL 34972 FAX (863) 357-6723www.slbatterytire.com 588 NE 28th Ave., Okeechobee, FL 34972 863-357-2888 or toll Free 877-568-3864 AllŽ UPHOLSTERYAuto Boat Airplanes In Okeechobee 26 Years In Business 53 years An affordable way to advertise your business M&M Auto Brokers, Inc. Buy Here! Pay Here!As low as Down Easy Payment CASH FOR JUNK! We’ll Work with you! C hoice Automotive& Custom ExhaustA FULL SERVICE REPAIR FACILITYComputer Diagnostics NOW OFFERING New and Used Tires863-467-6633 Don’t Make the Wrong Choice! 704 NE 2nd Ave. Okeechobee, FL Ron’s Old Coins Gold & Silver Coins Buying & Selling (863)261-4714 (863) 261-2078 3100 S. Hwy 441, Bay# 113 Okeechobee, FL 34974(In the Flea Market) An affordable way to advertise your business An affordable way to advertise your business Rebecca Boldt Hamilton, P.A.REBECCA H. BOLDT, Attorney at Law RICHARD W. SEYMOUR, Attorney at Law 863-467-1894 Vince & RaeAnn Stanavich Owner/Operator 704 NE 2nd Ave. Okeechobee (863) 763-6696 (772) 335-3688State Lic # MV-10426 LicensedDealer Carpet Laminate VinylFlooring Sales and Installation Shop at HomeŽCarpet Restretches, Repairs & Installation Licensed & InsuredScott A. Concannon Inc.863.801.367725 Years Experience 909 S Parrott Ave. Okeechobee, Fl 34974 863-261-2538 WALK-INS WELCOME SE HABLA ESPAOL MJR’s Lawn Service863.484.3821 863.484-2430 Pete’s Power Washing Sealing Painting Interior & Exterior Dependable Licensed Professional Insured(863) 801-8377John Davito 1933 2142. 10 Okeechobee News June 23, 2013

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 M. Fernanda Cuellar, RPT PHYSICAL THERAPYCONNECTIONAccepting New Patients• Physical Therapy • Occupational Therapy • Speech TherapyThe relation between you and wellnessŽ 414 NW 3rd St • Okeechobee (P) 863.824.0499 • (F) 863.824.0511 www.physicaltherapy-connection.comWe accept most insurances Adult and Pediatric: 11 Okeechobee News June 23, 2013 Special to the Okeechobee News/ OFCOFC students of the yearOkeechobee Freshman Campus students who were recognized by their teachers for their exemplary academics/behavior during the 2012-13 school year. These students celebrated this accomplishment at Golden Corral with a breakfast and ceremony. Pictured are Emily Crews, Andrew Young, Makayla Connelly, Alexi Muller, Raymond Collins, Jacob McGehee, Lisvett Vega, Makayla Root, Aaliyah Murray, Zachary Hudson, Khrystle Harris, Ashlee Hagan, Rachel Williams, Eric Emperio, Patrick Corby, Madysun Causier, Margarita Martinez, Alexis Lightsey, Elijah Finney and Shelbie Longberry. TALLAHASSEE—The Florida Department of Health (DOH) has launched a new online billing system for environmental healthrelated permits. Approximately 150,000 permit holders will now be able to use a secure online system to pay permit renewal fees for swimming pools, biomedical waste facilities, food hygiene facilities, onsite sewage treatment and disposal systems (OSTDS), tanning facilities, migrant labor camp housing, limited use public water systems, body piercing facilities, community-based residential facilities, tattoo establishments and mobile home parks. “Improvements like these re ect the department’s commitment to provide customer-oriented services,” said William Reinhold, IT/Preparedness Director, Bureau o f Environmental Health. “This online payment process is an example of how state government can work ef ciently by using private sector principles. It offers a simpli ed, secure and convenient solution for Florida’s businesses, local governments and other permit holders.” The Online Billing Permitting System will enable permit holders to pay their permit renewal invoices online, thus reducing costs to the state, county and the permit holder. For more information on the number of environmental health permits issued (by type), visit www.my oridaeh.com/ephdata/index. html. DOH improves permitting system

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Important Information: Please read your ad carefully the first day it appears. In case of an inadvertent error, please notify us prior to the deadline listed. We will not be responsible for more than 1 incorrect insertion, or for more than the extent of the ad rendered valueless by such errors. Advertiser assumes responsibility for all statements, names and content of an ad, and assumes responsibility for any claims against the INI USA. All advertising is subject to publisher’s approval. The publisher reserves the right to accept or reject any or all copy, and to insert above the copy the word “advertisement”. All ads accepted are subject to credit approval. All ads must conform to INI USA style and are restricted to their proper classifications. Some classified categories require advance payment. These classifications are denoted with an asterisk *. Garage/ Yard SalesWe Buy Estates Antiques, Collectibles, Household, Tools, Jewelry and etc. Call 863-697-8906 ServicesNEED A DAY OFF? HOME YARD CHORES, ECT. CARE PROVIDED FOR ANIMALS, TRANS., SHOPPING FOR ELDERLY, FLEXIBLE. CALL JIM 561-577-1964 Need a few more bucks to purchase something deer? Pick up some extra bucks when you sell your used items in the classifeids. Time to clean out the attic, basement and/or garage? Advertise your yard sale in the classifieds and make your clean up a breeze! AC Tech, Installers, Helpers Experience preferred, DFWP, Bene ts Avail. Apply in person at 312 SW 2nd Street, Okeechobee, FL. Drivers: $1,000 Sign-On Bonus! Great Pay! Consistent Freight, Great Miles on this Regional Account. Werner Enterprises: 1-888-567-4854 Drivers Needed must be 25 or older, have clean driver license and pass Federal, State & Local background. Must work day or night. Call 863-634-8720 Employment Full Time Employment Full Time REGISTERED NURSE Clinic Setting, Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm, Excellent Bene ts. Spanish speaking preferred. Please apply MyFlorida/People First website at: https://people rst. my orida.com The state of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer/ Af rmative Action Employer and does not tolerate discrimination or violence Employment Part Time PT DRIVER/HELPER 3 Days a week. MUST have CLEAN DL, able to lift 75 lbs., NONSMOKING ENVIRONMENT. Must provide MVR with application Apply in person @ Twin Oaks Pet Cemetery 251 NE 300th Street Okeechobee, FL 34972 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday OR Friday ONLY 863-467-6377 New Palm Harbor Homes Mobile Condo $39,900 Delivered to your sitehttp://www.palm harbor.com/ model-center/plantcity/ John Lyons 800-622-2832 ext 210 BoatsFOR SALE 2004 18FT. CREST PONTOON BOAT WITH A 2004 50HP. EVINRUDE MOTOR, EXCELLENT CONDITION READY TO GO, NO TRAILER $5,500.00 O.B.O. 863-467-8209 OR 863-634-4345 Campers/RVsWanted all Travel Trailers, Motor Homes and Fifth Wheels. Any Condition, Cash paid on the spot Call 941-347-7171 RV Space RentRV SITE LOCATED ON RIM CANAL ON 441 MINIMUM 6 MONTHS OR LONGER 863-447-0742 Motorcycles2002 HARLEY DAVIDSON SPORTSTER, TEAL, SADDLEBAGS, REAR SEAT, SCREAMING EAGLE AIR & EXHAUST $3,000.00 CALL 772-260-9701 Heavy Equipment Operators Heavy equipment operators with two years minimum experience and references needed for construction projects. Send resumes by fax to 863-582-9292 or by email to amanda@rcsexcavation.com. Contact our of ce for more information at 863-441-1286. Earn some extra cash. Sell your used items in the classifieds Appliances1YR. OLD ADMIRAL WASHING MACHINE, LIKE NEW 3.4 CUBIC FT TOP LOAD $250.00 CALL 863-623-8563 MiscellaneousShooting Game Sammy’s Trophy Hunting-Bear & Moose; 2 Guns; Great for Game Room; Excellent Condition. $625.00/firm. (772)538-6432 Musical InstrumentsDrum Set for sale, 4 drums/1 high lat/1 set of symbols (with foot pedal) GP Brand $400.00 o.b.o. 863-467-4650 Lawn & GardenCOMPOST for Organic Gardening and Farming Okeechobee Recycling Facility, enter at Waste Management, 10800 NE. 128th Avenue. Pickup or Delivered *Public Welcomed* Please call. (216)956-0949 Apartments2bdrm/1bath Duplex in town. Walking distance to stores, NO PETS, First, Last & Security $550.00 a month 863-634-2820 Beautiful Samantha’s Garden Apartments 2BR/2BA, in town, W&D, $800 mo. + $500 sec. Call (863)467-9250 or (863)634-5780 DARK HAMMOCK 1BR, 1BA W/EAT-IN KITCHEN. CHARMING MEXICAN CLAY TILE FLOORS THROUGHOUT. NEW INTERIOR, SITUATED ON “FIRST CLASS” RANCH PROPERTY. $565 PER MONTH, INCLUDING ALL UTILITIES AND LAWN CARE. NO PETS CALL M-F 863-467-9800 NW OKEE: 2 BR Apts available on quiet street. Pets welcome. $600mo., and $650mo. 1st, last & $500 sec. 561-346-1642. TAYLOR CREEK Condos 1br/1ba, Partially Furnished $650 mo. 1st, last & sec. dep. (561)352-4243 How do you find a job in todays competitive market? In the employment section of the classifieds Houses RentAdorable (In Town Okee.) 2br./2ba. WDlaundry rm., Screened Porch, lawn service included. Non smkg. Envmt. Sm. Pet OK. $800 mo., 1st, last, & Sec. 941-504-3954. IN OKEECHOBEE CITY: 4 Br/ 2Ba, $1,000 mo. + 1st, last, sec. & refs. Call Barry for more info. 772-216-1461 OKEECHOBEE 2 bedroom, 2 bath, 1 car garage, SW section. Kids and pets welcome. 863-634-9330 or 863-467-2541. OKEECHOBEE 4/1, 2 Story. Fenced yard with lrg. shed. Wood Flrs. Call 863-763-4999 or 561-248-8139. SMALL 1BR, 1BA, Lg. storage room, newly decorated, kitchen remodeled, all new appliances. SW 7th Ave., $550/mo. 1st, last & sec. dep. (863) 357-1197 Office Space RentFOR RENT: Store front on Park St., nice show room or of ce area & warehouse. FOR RENT:Of ce space $250.00 mo. includes utilities also has of ce equipment and le cabinets. Call for details 863-634-7781 Rooms To RentRoom For Rent $50.00 per week. Separate bed & bath, share kitchen & living area. Mature Female preferred. Call 863-467-4650 Your new home could be in todays paper. Have you looked for it? Shop here first! The classified ads Houses SaleOwner Financing3 bdrm 2 bath 8 year old house on 1 acre $3,500.00 down $931.42 a month. Call Beverley 863-634-2820 Lots SaleBuild your dream home on a beautiful lot adjoining the golf course in The Oaks of Blue Heron. $25,000.00 Call 863-634-2820 Large fenced lot with oak trees in Treasure Island Zoned for houses or mobile homes. $18,000.00 Call 863-634-2820 Mobile Home RentTREASURE ISLAND Lrg. 3BR/2BA. $800 month. $2100 move in. Lrg. 2BR/2BA. DW. $800 month. $2100 move in. Yearly lease required. 863-634-9119. Treasure Island Water Front Nice clean newly renovated 2bd/1.5ba, $550/monthly includes DIRECTV, Internet and water, security required. Call 863-517-5111 VERY NICE, CLEAN D/W FOR RENT, GREAT NEIGHBORHOOD, A/C/C/H. 1ST, LAST & SECURITY. FAMILY OR ELDERLY PREFERRED $750.00 MONTHLY FIRM 863-532-2348 Mobile HomeSale2BEDROOM/1 BATH WITH ALL NEW APPLIANCES, COMPLETELY REMODELED, NEW CARPETING. $12,000 IN 55 PLUS PARK 516 SE 4TH ST LOT#3B OTHA & ETHEL ROBERTS 812-350-4664 Automobiles2000 FORD WINDSTA R LX Cruise control, V-6, air conditioning, power locks, automatic transmission, tinted windows, air bags, alloy wheels, rear defrost $3,000 (863)697-1617 Autos WantedCASH FOR CARS No Title Needed, Any Condition. 268junk.com Located in Okeechobee Call (863)484-2012 12 Okeechobee News June 23, 2013 ADVERTISEand Get Results www.newszap.com click on classifieds

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The Florida Department of Highway Transportation advises road work planned this week in Okeechobee County includes the following.  SE 40th Street (Everglades Boulevard): Railroad construction project, Work is underway to replace the ashing lights and gates, add LED lighting and replace the railroad signal cabinet adding an updated motion detection device. Early work includes equipment delivery, excavation, and placement of construction signs. Work is anticipated to be completed by the end of June 2013. Motorists are advised to use caution while in the area and expect possible delays.  U.S. 441 north between NW 36th Street and NW 9th Street, Maintenance permit project: Work has begun to install a gas line paralleling the south bound side of the roadway. No lane closures are expected, however, motorists should use caution while traveling through the work zone. The project is estimated to be completed in early July.  U.S. 441 from SR 15/CR 68, east to NW 344th Street, Maintenance project: Crews are repairing the shoulders near the roadway. Motorists should expect intermittent lane closures and use caution when traveling through work area.  U.S. 98/US 441 from NW 36th Street to NW 9th Street, Maintenance project: Crews are edging and sweeping along the sidewalks and curbs in the area. No lane closures are expected however motorists should drive with caution.  SR 710 from north side of SR 710 between SR 70 and NE 34th Avenue, Maintenance project: Crews are repairing the drainage structures. No lane closures are expected, but motorists are advised to be aware of work vehicles entering and exiting the roadway and to use caution driving in this area.  SR 70 between SW 72nd Terrace and SW 8th Avenue, Maintenance project: Crews are repairing drainage structures. No lane closures are expected, but motorists are advised to be aware of work vehicles entering and exiting the roadway and to use caution driving in this area.  SR 70 from SW 24th Street to US 98/US 441, Maintenance project: Crews are edging and sweeping along the sidewalks and curbs in the area. No lane closures are expected motorists are advised to be aware of work vehicles entering and exiting the roadway.Work in Glades County wil l include the following. Harney Pond Road from Par k Area to SR 78, Construction project : Crews will construct one mile of bik e path and sidewalk near the parking are a at Harney Pond. There are no anticipat ed lane closures during the project, how ever, motorists are advised to use cautio n in the parking lot. Work is anticipated t o be completed, by end of August 2013 Dickerson Florida, Inc. is the contractor. U.S. 27 from Moore Haven t o north of SR 78 (Ortona Road Main tenance project: Work continues from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. to place new sod in th e center median. Motorists can expec t lane closures and should use cautio n and watch for vehicles entering and exit ing the work area. SR 78 (Ortona Road) from Hal l City Grade to the County Land l l Road, Maintenance project: Work is un derway from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to clea n the roadside ditches. No lane closure s are expected, but motorists should us e caution and watch for vehicles enterin g and exiting the work area. SR 78 (Lakeport Road) jus t north of Roberson Drive, Mainte nance project: Work is underway from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to repair guardrail. Motor ists can expect lane closures and shoul d use caution and watch for vehicles enter ing and exiting the work area. SR 29, at the intersection of U S 27, Maintenance project: Work contin ues from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. to place ne w sod in the center median. Motorists ca n expect lane closures and should use cau tion and watch for vehicles entering an d exiting the work area. IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CIVIL ACTION CASE NO.: 13-000192-CA JAMES B. NUTTER & COMPANY, Plaintiff, vs. T HE UNKNOWN HEIRS, DEVISEES, GRANTEES, ASSIGNEES, LIENORS, CREDITORS, TRUSTEES, OR OTHER CLAIMANTS CLAIMING BY, T HROUGH, UNDER, OR AGAINST RICHARD G. GEARY A/K/A RICHARD GILBERT GEARY, DECEASED, et al, Defendant(s). NOTICE OF ACTION T O: THE UNKNOWN HEIRS, DEV ISEES, GRANTEES, ASSIGNEES, LIENORS, CREDITORS, TRUSTEES, OR OTHER CLAIMANTS CLAIMING BY, THROUGH, UNDER, OR AGAINST RICHARD G. GEARY A/K/A RICHARD GILBERT GEARY, DECEASED LAST KNOWN ADDRESS: UNKNOWN CURRENT ADDRESS: UNKNOWN A NY AND ALL UNKNOWN PARTIES CLAIMING BY, THROUGH, UNDER, AND AGAINST THE HEREIN NAMED INDIVIDUAL DEFENDANT(S) WHO ARE NOT KNOWN TO BE DEAD OR ALIVE, WHETHER SAID UNKNOWN PARTIES MAY CLAIM AN INTEREST AS SPOUSES, HEIRS, DEVISEES, GRANTEES, OR OTHER CLAIMANTS LAST KNOWN ADDRESS: UNKNOWN CURRENT ADDRESS: UNKNOWN YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action to foreclose a mortgage on the following property in OKEECHOBEE County, Florida: THE EAST 1/2 OF THE EAST 1/2 OF THE NORTH 1/2 OF THE NORTH 1/2 OF TRACT 16, SECTION 9 THE WEST 1/2 OF THE EAST 1/2 OF THE NORTH 1/2 OF THE NORTH 1/2 OF TRACT 16, SECTION 9. TOGETHER WITH THE DOUBLE WIDE MANUFACTURED HOME DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS: MAKE: HOMES OF MERRITT MODEL: UNKNOWN SERIAL NUMBER: FLHMBC170747656B YEAR BUILT: 2001 WIDTH AND LENGTH: 16 BY 64 CERTIFICATE OF TITLE NO.: FLA 716158 AND FLA716159 has been led against you and you are required to serve a copy of your written defenses within 30 days after the rst publication, if any, on Ronald R Wolfe & Associates, P.L., Plaintiffs attorney, whose address is 4919 Memorial Highway, Suite 200, T ampa, Florida 33634, and le the original with this Court either before service on Plaintiffs attorney or immediately thereafter; otherwise a default will be entered against you for the relief demanded in the Complaint or petition. This notice shall be published once each week for two consecutive weeks in the Okeechobee News. WITNESS my hand and the seal of this Court on this 10th day of June, 2013. SHARON ROBERTSON Clerk of the Court BY: Jennifer Rediker As Deputy Clerk Ronald R Wolfe & Associates, P.L. P.O. Box 25018 T ampa, Florida 33622-5018 NUTTER-FNMA--jnutt-Team 4 F13000848-F13000848 **See Americans with Disabilities Act Florida Rules of Judicial Administration Rule 2.540 Notices to Persons With Disabilities If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact Corrie Johnson, ADA Coordinator, 250 NW Country Club Drive, Suite 217, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986, (772) 807-4370 at least 7 days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receiving this noti cation if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than 7 days; if you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711. 445804 ON 6/16,23/2013 13 Okeechobee News June 23, 2013 ACROSS 1 Pelican State inst. 4 Oration setting 8 Common slogan spot 14 It has many fighters 16 Layette item 17 Means of turning an herb into energy? 19 Chaotic situation 20 Garbage tower 21 Mo. when asters usually flower 22 Stormers of Sarumans fortress, in The Lord of the RingsŽ 25 Labor party? 26 Snakes warning 29 Herb lovers chat organized by Sarah Palin? 35 The Gods Must Be CrazyŽ setting 37 Care for 38 Q.E.D. word 39 Synopsis 42 Reclined 43 One putting away groceries 45 Unrestricted 47 Herb eaten with a nightcap? 50 Quaint contraction 51 Negative link 52 High VoltageŽ rockers 54 __ dye: methyl orange, e.g. 57 Eagles tail? 59 Iraqi port 63 Remark on another encounter with an herb? 67 Sign of a pageturner? 68 Secret metaphor 69 Slug relatives 70 Naval backbone? 71 Two before iota DOWN 1 They may be chocolate 2 Phillips of I, ClaudiusŽ 3 __ Minor 4 Discuss business, in a way 5 Starfish appendage 6 Party hosts bagful 7 Gig arrangements 8 In addition 9 Single white male who likes the cold? 10 Norse underworld goddess 11 Goddess with cows horns 12 Intentionally provoked reaction 13 Fill-in 15 Military wind 18 Wile E. Coyotes supplier 23 Whaling adverb 24 Arabs father 26 Olympic event since 1968 27 Johns running mate 28 Like the color of some roofing 30 Goldsmiths The __ of WakefieldŽ 31 Break 32 Frank covering 33 Last Supper query 34 Tijuana toddlers 36 Up and __!Ž 40 Swedish group that won the 1974 Eurovision Song Contest 41 Tiny time meas. 44 Decision about issues 46 Flake 48 Lobbies 49 City near Provo 53 Batting __ 54 Puts in 55 Horse Ranch Mountains national park 56 Gymnast Korbut 58 Computer support? 60 Fill 61 Reaction from a bad crowd? 62 Tolstoys Karenina 64 Ring of shells, perhaps 65 __ out a living 66 Ball balancer By Gareth Bain (c)2011 Tribune Media Services, Inc. 08/05/11 08/05/11 ANSWER TO PREVIOUS PUZZLE: Edited by Rich Norris and Joyce Nichols Lewis xwordeditor@aol.com Crossword Puzzle READING A NEWSPAPER MAKES YOU A MORE INFORMED AND INTERESTING PERSON. No wonder newspaper readers are more popular! FDOT Road Watch

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 KID-FRIENDLY CARE 24/7Care you can trust: Experienced physicians, nurses and sta trained in Pediatric Advanced Life Support High quality, personalized care Short wait times Hugs and smiles For average ER wait time text ERKids to 23000. Message & data rates may apply1796 Hwy 441 North Okeechobee, FL 34972 For Free Physician Referral & Health Care Questions call 763-9228 Because evenSUPERHEROESget bumps and bruises!KID-FRIENDLY CARE Raulerson Hospital St. Lucie Medical Center Lawnwood Regional Medical Center & Heart Institute RaulersonHospital.com 14 Okeechobee News June 23, 2013 Healthy adult bodies are made of anywhere between 50 percent and 65 percent water, while children’s bodies contain even more. Our bodies eliminate uids throughout the day via sweat or urine, for example. What happens when these uids aren’t replaced? Dehydration.Why hydration mattersUnlike camels, we humans have no internal storage system in our bodies to carry surplus water around with us as we work, play and exercise. Without replenishing our body’s water at regular intervals throughout the day, we can’t:  Digest well;  Regulate body temperature;  Properly absorb and transport nutrients throughout our bodies;  Maintain ef cient organ function;  Promote healthy skin; or,  Eliminate waste.Recognizing dehydrationDehydration often occurs in the heat, but can also result in cooler environments, such as when you workout in a gym. Even though you’re healthy, if you feel unwell with no apparent cause, the cause might be dehydration. Symptoms include:  Thirst;  Dryness of the mouth, nose or skin;  Headache;  Fainting;  Disorientation or dizziness;  Severe temperature changes such as hot or cold and chills;  Nausea or vomiting;  Sluggishness or weakness; and,  Cramping.Staying hydratedUnfortunately, by the time you feel thirsty, you are already well on your way to dehydration. The key to maintaining healthy uid levels is thinking ahead.  Consume approximately eight (eightounce) glasses of water daily depending on your personal needs. Drink even more when especially active.  Pack a water bottle ahead of time.  Eat plenty of hydrating fruits and vegetables such as citrus, watermelon, kiwi, celery and cucumber.  Minimize caffeinated and sugar-laden beverages.  Consider electrolyte-based beverages i f you exercise for more than 60 minutes. If you feel weak from dehydration, loosen clothing and move to a cool place, preferably featuring air conditioning, then see k help. If severe, call 911 immediately. Raulerson Hospital’s Emergency Department is available when you need it 24/7. If you have any health questions or if you would like to request a physician referral, call the free Consult-A-Nurse service at 863-763-9228. This article was provided by Raulerson Hospital. Know the signs of dehydration Okeechobee News/ Tamara KellyDeaf & Hard of Hearing Services On Wednesday, June 19, the Deaf & Hard of Hearing Services of the Treasure Coast, Inc. came to Okeechobee to give out ampli ed telephones to the deaf, hard of hearing, speech impaired and deaf/blind individuals. Hospice has allowed the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services of the Treasure Coast, Inc. to use the property next to their building to pass out these phones. "As long as people want phones, I will come back," said Bonnie Campbell the equipment specialist. All phones are distributed by appointment only. For information on how to make an appointment, call 772-334-2233. Thursday, June 27, will be the next time Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services of the Treasure Coast, Inc. will be coming to the Okeechobee area so make your appointment soon.

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The Virtual Incubator at Indian River State College offers entrepreneurs and business start-ups a customized, step-by-step approach to plan, launch and manage a successful business. Incubator clients can choose from a menu of services that meet their needs at affordable cost. Since the Incubator opened in March, 15 entrepreneurs have begun taking advantage of business dev elopment services and affordable Incubator space, with opportunities for more business start-ups to participate and collaborate. Business development services include assistance in obtaining funding, business coaching, links to lawyers and accountants, educational seminars, marketing assistance, peer-to-peer functions and access to support services. The Virtual Incubator is housed in the technologically sophisticated Brown Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the IRSC Main Campus. Based on their level of membership, clients may have access to building amenities, which include co-working space, meeting and conference rooms, think tank facilities, high-speed Internet access, WiFi, computers, copies, scanners and phones. “IRSC and the business incubation program provide a critical mass of business resources and assistance, for those who are serious about creating and developing a new business enterprise,” said Tom Kindred Jr., Incubator Coordinator of the Virtual Incubator. “Business incubation has proven to be an important and successful economic development tool, that we are fortunate to have available on the research coast.” With the Virtual Incubator, you’ll get off to a professional start that leads to success. According to national statistics, 87% of startups that develop and launch their enterprise through an incubator program are still in business ve years later. A speci c program is developed for each Incubator client using a building blocks approach over 18 months. The “Hatchery Level” is designed for those who have an idea but have not yet developed a business plan. Clients work closely with a certi ed business developer to create a business and marketing plan. At Entrepreneur Level I, clients receive assistance in getting their business launched. Executive Level II focuses on building productivity and products. Higher executive level mentoring and counseling is provided through the Emeritus Council. Clients are evaluated and matched with the appropriate level of service which meets their needs. The Hatchery Level fee is $25 a month. A Virtual Business Member can utilize all the business services without using business space for $150 per month. A CoWork Space Member bene ts from all the resources of the Virtual Incubator, plus desk space and meeting space for $200 a month. Full “Your Space” membership incorporates all services, plus exclusive of ce space at $300 a month. Clients currently using the Incubator represent elds including, health care technology, mobile app. development, software development, retail, web television, aquaponics, and aquaculture. “This vision of the IRSC Virtual Incubator is a long-term approach to economic rebuilding,” said Kindred. “The graduate companies will generate new employment opportunities, improve the Research Coast economy and enhance the sustainability o f our region’s marketplace.” The Virtual Incubator is a branch of the Dan K. Richardson Entrepreneur Development Institute (EDI) at Indian River State College. The EDI also includes the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and the Corporate and Community Training Institute (CCTI). For more information, call 888-283-1177 or visit www.irscbiz.com. To contact Tom Kindred directly call 772-462-7087 or tkindre@irsc.edu. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 century21okeechobee@earthlink.net • 1200 S. Parrott Ave. • Century21okeechobee.com David Hazellief, 863-610-1553 Betty Hazellief, 863-610-0144 Sharon Prevatt, 863-634-7069 Dee Reeder, 863-610-2485 (863) 763-2104 • Se Habla Espaol 1003-M: Seminole Cove 55+ comm. w/ clubhouse amenities. Great lake view, 2/2 DWMH w/addition, 2 car carport, 1023 sq ft under air/1957Total sq ft $69,900 NOW $67,500 MLS #206023 REDUCED LAKE ACCESS LAKE ACCESS LAKE ACCESS 5010-H: Great view from 2-story Rim Canal house on 1.98+/acres. 2/1 downstairs. 1/1 upstairs. Kit., Lvg pole barn, fenced, boat ramp. $140,000 MLS #206826 5036-M: Off of 710 2BR/2BA Mobile home on 1.48-/+ acre. 924 total sq ft. Large front deck, Island fenced in back yard and shed. $45,000 MLS #206799 4000-M: Buckhead Ridge Move in ready, roomy w/lg family rm overlooking water, plenty of storage. 1200 Total Sq Ft. Some appliances, new seawall, shed and more! $99,000 MLS #206632 2003-M: Taylor Creek MH w/addition, lg wrkshp attached, screen front porch, lg covered back deck, seawall, furnished, roof under 5 years old, A/C 2 years old and 3/2. $69,000 5001-M: Rim Canal, 3bd, 2ba DWMH on 1 acre! Circular drive, garden tub in master bath, open patio in the back! Covered front porch, screened back porch and more. $150,000 MLS #206890 • Indian Hammock Two 2+/acre parcels $35,000 Make Offer! • Lot behind SunTrust Bank $18,000 • Potter Rd (NW 30th Ter) 5+/acres $38,000 • 319+/-acres on Hwy 441 N $4,000,000 • 55+/-acres on SR 710 $330,000. Make Offer! • Foreclosure Taylor Creek Captive Lake Residential Lot $13,650 • In town SW addition Residential Lot $3,900 • Okeechobee Pk (NW 4th St) Residential Lot $6,000 • Foreclosure Ft. Drum area 5.68+/-acres $22,9000 • Okeechobee Estates (SE 9th CT) in town Residential Lot $18,000 Make Offer! • Fenced 5+/-acres (NE 12th St) Short Sale. $35,000 104 NW 7th Ave. Okeechobee 863-763-4010 or 888-874-2945Lic. RE Broker Auctioneer# AU2579. 1,430 Acre Ranch in Eastern Okeechobee CountyOffered Exclusively by: The Tucker Group, LLC Call Brandon Tucker (772) 201-8722$3,750 per acre Northern 1300 Acres SOLD 8/24/2012LAKE OKEECHOBEE ACCESS – SECLUDED ESTATE POOL HOME This beautiful and spacious custom built home sits on 2 acres of Rim Canal. Energy efficient 2003 concrete construction with metal roof. Crystal blue pool to dive in and enjoy or sit in front of the gas fireplace and enjoy. Port Mayaca Polo Club a couple of miles for the horse lovers. All this plus Hurricane shutters and generator panel. Large utility room/office and could be 4th bedroom. Dining Room has lovely bay window. Environmentally friendly no direct sunlight in screen room but pool is in sunlight. Over 100 Listings COUNTRY HILLS~ Horse lovers paradise! 4Bd/ 2Ba CBS home. 1568 SF under air2270 TLA. Open concept, vaulted ceilings, split plan. Spacious kitchen, 12X56 Screened lanai w/ Spa. 20X40 Wkshop/carport. Commercial above ground pool. Riding arena, 4 stalls-water & elec., hotwire fencing. Fenced/ cross fenced. MLS 206809 EXCEPTIONAL $227,000 Call Lori (863) 634-1457 15 Okeechobee News June 23, 2013 IRSC ‘Virtual incubator’ helps business start ups T he Okeechobee County S heriff’s Of ce investigated r eports of the following crimes l ast week. A SSAULT 1500 block of N.E. 13th St.  5400 block of U.S. 441 S.E.  1500 block of N.E. Fifth St.  3100 block of N.W. Third St.BURGLARY 3500 block of N.W. 28th Ave.  2000 block of N.W. 42nd Ave.  1300 block of U.S. 441 S.E.  3000 block of N.W. 36th Ave.  2200 block of S.W. 28th St.  17800 block of N.W. 33rd TerraceFRAUD 3200 block of S.E. 25th St.  2600 block of N.E. Sixth Court  12000 block of N.E. 22nd Ave.THEFT 4200 block of U.S. 441 S.  3000 block of S.E. 23rd St.  22300 block of N.W. 176th Ave.  1300 block of N.W. 36th St. (vehicle)  8700 block of S.R. 78 W.  2500 block of N.W. Eighth St.  6200 block of S.E. 96th Circle  3600 block of S.E. 34th Ave.  6800 block of N.E. 11th St.  400 block of U.S. 441 S.E.  1700 block of U.S. 441 N.  1900 block of Center St.  200 block of S.W. 32nd St. OCSO Investigations

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